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GOJ to provide special allowance of 100,000 yen per person

All national dailies wrote that the GOJ and the ruling coalition agreed on Thursday to provide a one-off cash handout of 100,000 yen ($930) to all citizens regardless of income level in order to alleviate suffering from the coronavirus outbreak. The previous plan to extend 300,000 yen ($2,800) to individual households hit hard economically will be canceled. As a result, the GOJ is set to reconfigure the supplementary budget, which was originally to be submitted to the Diet on April 20, so as to finance the across-the-board 100,000-yen allowance initiative, which is expected to cost 12 trillion yen ($111 billion) in total. The Abe administration was reportedly forced to recall the 300,000-yen plan in the face of mounting public criticism that not many households would be entitled to it because of its multiple eligibility criteria.


The dailies explained that the LDP’s junior ruling partner Komeito party stepped up its pressure on the Abe administration to withdraw the unpopular 300,000-yen initiative and instead institute an across-the-board, 100,000-yen handout program. The opposition camp has also insisted on a cash allowance program “for all citizens without exception” based on the assessment that this will make it possible to swiftly deliver money to those in need since the administrative procedures can be kept to a minimum as the program does not involve income or other criteria to be examined for qualification. 

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